Kimberley Marie Pavier
- Course: Chemical and Materials Engineering MEng
- Nationality: German and British
Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?
I decided to study at the University of Leeds because of its high rankings in the league tables for Chemical Engineering, as well as the chance to specialise in materials (which is a topic I find very interesting). I was intrigued by the opportunities the large student union had to offer as well as the fact that Leeds, despite being a big city, is a campus university with a welcoming and homely feel. The tutorial system as well as the practicals and laboratory work that the course offered appealed to me greatly. Furthermore, the English language is a great starting point for any international technical engineering work.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course?
The course is extremely interesting and challenging. I enjoy the many forms of learning and teaching, which can range from using computer programmes such as CAD and CrystalMaker to the group design projects and research work. I also enjoy how diverse the course is in terms of the people studying with me, giving me the chance to work on my intercultural skills as well as giving me potential travel destinations.
However, my extracurricular activities – such as being a team member of the Celtics competitive cheerleading group as well as my membership in Women in Engineering and the ChemEngSoc – present me with fun and rewarding opportunities, including attending summer balls and LinkedIn workshops.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far
I have joined the Enactus society. I am also Project Assistant for Inspiring You – an initiative to inspire secondary students to pursue higher education through the means of teaching them basic business skills in a fun, interactive and competitive manner. This is a very rewarding task and something I am very passionate about.
I recently also absolved a materials selection assignment on a wind turbine, which I found very interesting with elements of both individual and group work. This was one of the first times we had to critically analyse a problem from the ground up, then combine our theoretical knowledge from our course with our own research and creative ideas to create an optimal solution. We then had to communicate this through a report. I enjoyed communicating with an audience and conveying a well-researched and sound idea. I also liked the fact we were given the chance to work on our presentations skills by holding regular group presentations.
What does the city of Leeds have to offer students?
Everything! It is the best of both worlds – it is a large city with the university area resembling a student village for a more homely feel. It also has great connections for travelling, with many academic and non-academic opportunities to thrive as a person while also improving your CV. As a northern city, the people are also very friendly and welcoming!
What are your ambitions for the future?
I hope to successfully absolve my course and achieve a masters of engineering, I would also like to do some research in an interesting field, maybe in the form of a PhD in bio-materials or nanotechnology. In the long run, I hope to work in a management position for a big, multicultural and diverse company with the opportunity to interact with interesting colleagues. I’d also like to continue developing as a person through learning and to have a thriving career while travelling the world.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
I believe that every experience I have in Leeds will help me in my future career. It will hopefully open any doors I wish to go through in the future, while giving me a good theoretical and practical engineering base. These will also hopefully form me into a more well-rounded person through the numerous learning and opportunities that are available. These experiences can range from working in a team and successfully completing a design project, to navigating through personal problems in a more positive and efficient manner, and learning important engineering principles. For example, Leeds for Life is an excellent platform for this as it keeps track of the skills and experiences that you have achieved and helps you organise these to see where your strengths and weaknesses are. Also for engineering and computing students there is an employability suite with people to help you find experience as well as improve your CV and interview skills.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
Have fun and make the most of the many opportunities the university and the city have to offer. Try to find a good work-life balance and you will have an amazing time. The hard work definitely pays off and the course is extremely rewarding!